The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin may not be as smart as he thinks he is. Tomlin’s actions on the sidelines Thanksgiving day are having serious repercussions against the team.

Sources inside the NFL are reporting the Steelers are facing some heavy fines that could include the loss of a draft pick. Tomlin’s thought he was being smart when he had one foot on the playing field to derail the Jacoby Jones kick return for a touchdown.

Now his actions are coming back to haunt the team. CBS Sports had this to report;

According to a league source and is likely to result in stiff financial penalties for the coach and the team, and perhaps the forfeiture of a draft pick.

Internally, the Steelers are also concerned that their coach’s action will cost them a draft pick, sources said, something they do not take lightly, even in the late rounds (where the loss of pick would come).

This was a game on national television, with massive playoff implications, and the review is expected to be completed on Monday. There has been no communication with Tomlin on the matter and none is expected. Players, for instance, are not asked for comment to discern intent or provide excuses prior to them receiving on-field discipline, though Tomlin would of course be eligible to appeal and make his voice heard at that time.

In the past, low-level Jets assistant coach Sal Alosi interfered with a player during a return and the team was fined $100,000 (Alosi was later fired, and, as a lower-waged employee, was not hit with a direct fine himself by the league but was fined $25,000 by the Jets and suspended for the remainder of the season). However, Tomlin is a well-tenured, highly compensated Super Bowl winning coach, and the standard he faces will be much more rigorous as someone who is the leader of that team and sets an example for other players and coaches alike.

Tomlin should have known better than to revert to cheating. His actions were clearly caught on film and there is no denying he was on the field pf play.

He was stupid to try this tactic. He just cost the team a lot of money and the possible loss of a draft pick. Was it worth your efforts Mike Tomlin?

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